The state Department of Natural Resources is offering South Carolinians the chance to get up close and personal with Lowcountry nature.
For the fifth spring, DNR is conducting the Coastal Explorations series, in which ecology experts hold classes and field expeditions on topics such as winter shorebirds, rice cultivation, the life of horseshoe crabs and wetland night sounds, according to a DNR news release.
The programs are free, but registration is required. Registration opens 30 days in advance of the programs. Once registered, participants will receive directions and event details at least one week before the program.
The programs are as follows:
Introduction to wildlife photography, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area in the ACE Basin. Registration is open until Wednesday. Participants will be selected via random drawing and notified by Friday. Participants should have an SLR camera and some camera experience.
Impoundment and waterfowl-management on Nemours Plantation, 9 a.m. to early afternoon (bring lunch), March 2, Nemours Plantation in the ACE Basin.
Historic rice cultivation and Gullah/Geechee Lowcountry heritage, 1 to 4 p.m. March 10, Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel.
Winter shorebird identification, 10 a.m. to early afternoon March 22 on Harbor Island.
Deveaux Bank Seabird Sanctuary: A Resting and Nesting Place for Seabirds and Shorebirds, time to be determined, March 29, boat pickup location to be determined. Deveaux Bank is in the mouth of the North Edisto River.
Horseshoe crabs, 6:30 p.m. May 4, Fort Johnson Marine Center auditorium in Charleston.
Birding in the Beidler (headwaters of the ACE Basin), 9 a.m. to noon May 16, Francis Beidler Forest.
Wetlands night sounds, 5 to 9 p.m. May 17, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area in the ACE Basin.